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PlantFiles: Grapefruit Mint
Mentha x piperita 'Grapefruit'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mentha (MEN-thuh) (Info)
Species: x piperita (pip-er-EE-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Grapefruit

Synonym:Mentha x piperita subsp. citrata
Synonym:Mentha piperita var. balsamea
Synonym:Mentha x piperita f. citrata
Synonym:Mentha suaveolens x piperita

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Light Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive devildog2 On Aug 18, 2012, devildog2 from Humble, TX wrote:

Received a 2' pot of grapefruit mint last spring, put it in a slightly larger pot on the edge of the patio in filtered sun, and forgot it, except to water. It spilled over onto the grass and took root, wove itself into the sweet almond verbena, and now has climbed almost to the level of my face, about 5 feet. The bees and other flying stingers love the purple blossoms.

Positive Carolyn2733 On Jun 21, 2008, Carolyn2733 from Spring Branch, TX wrote:

Truly tastes like unsweetened grapefruit. Goes wonderfully in iced tea and can serve as an edible garnish. One of the prettier mints in garden and very easy to cultivate.

Positive CoffinHill On Jul 13, 2006, CoffinHill from Spencer, IN wrote:

I received something labeled "grapefruit mint" at a plant swap in spring 2006. It has marvelously variegated leaves--green and vividly yellow-green stripes. The leaf shape seems to match the pictures posted here, but obviously the variegation doesn't match. Is mine mis-labeled, I wonder? The small sprig is thriving, though, and a pretty addition to my herb garden. I assume it will spread like other mints, but that it is relatively easily controlled.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama
Tucson, Arizona
Spencer, Indiana
Ewing, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Cincinnati, Ohio
Austin, Texas
Houston, Texas
Humble, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)
Spring Branch, Texas
Colville, Washington
Concrete, Washington

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